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Suspicious Fire near Ogden Canyon Doubles in Size

Suspicious Fire near Ogden Canyon Doubles in Size


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Gene Kennedy ReportingA suspicious fire isn't letting up in the foothills north of Ogden Canyon. The fire doubled in size overnight.

The fire has burned nearly 300 acres and is now 50 percent contained.

It really took off early this morning. Devon Nelson lives in the neighborhood. He said around 3 a.m., everything was quite. "And then around 5 o'clock this morning, this hill behind us here was just ablaze. The wind had come up early in the morning and whipped the fire across this steep face here," he said.

Suspicious Fire near Ogden Canyon Doubles in Size

David Vickers, Weber County Fire Department, said, "Down slope winds in the neighborhood of 25 miles to 30 miles an hour made the fire take a run near the north end of the fire."

Crews have been fighting the fire mainly from the air, using airplanes and helicopters.

Suspicious Fire near Ogden Canyon Doubles in Size

The fire isn't not threatening any homes. This is a tough fire to fight because of the wind and steep, rocky terrain. There are literally no roads to the area, so the firefighters have to be dropped in. Firefighters from Idaho are also helping battle the blaze.

Investigators say the fire does look suspicious for two reasons: there have been other fires in the area, and there were people hiking who say they saw someone come out of the area shortly before the fire started.

A dog has been brought in to smell for accelerants to see if anything was used to ignite the fire. Investigators only have a vague description of a suspect. They're not even releasing that until they can come up with more information.

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